Newsletter (14 November 2003)

Magnetic fields and neurodegenerative diseases

An important observation, good study.

Andrew Michrowski

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Subject: champs magnétiques et maladies neurodégénératives

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 20:52:31 -0500

Epidemiology. 2003 Jul;14(4):420-6; discussion 427-8. =Abstract



Neurodegenerative diseases in welders and other workers exposed to high levels of magnetic fields.

Hakansson N, Gustavsson P, Johansen C, Floderus B.

Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.


METHODS: The study was based on a cohort of Swedish engineering industry workers, comprising 537,692 men and 180,529 women. The cohort was matched against the 3 most recent censuses and The Causes of Death Registry. Levels of ELF-MF exposure were obtained by linking occupation according to the censuses to a job exposure matrix. We used 4 levels of exposure and considered both the primary and contributing causes of death, 1985-96.


PMID: 12843765 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Legal threat to phone masts

By Tom Spender

Protesters stand a good chance of taking the Government to court to block new mobile phone masts, according to a pressure group.

A swathe of recent High Court judgements have ruled against the Government and mobile phone companies if planning inspectors had failed to consider health when making a decision about whether to allow a mast.

Previously, many local authorities claimed that objecting to the masts on health grounds was irrelevant because the masts fall within guidelines set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

Lisa Oldham, from the group Mast Sanity, said: "Local councils have been bullied by the Government into not taking health as a planning consideration. But if 300 people were to complain about health not being taken into consideration then, in theory, they should win."

The recent rulings also open the door for residents to contest previous decisions which have used the ICNIRP guidelines as an excuse not to look at health.

Last week, Mr Justice Richards revoked the permission of Hutchinson 3G to erect a 40-foot mast 22 yards from the front door of a pregnant 27-year-old woman in Hampshire.

"The planning inspectors are getting it wrong. A lot of councils were refusing masts and the inspectors [on behalf of the Government] were overruling them and saying the masts conformed to ICNIRP. All of those decisions are wrong," said Mrs Oldham.

In planning guidance to local authorities, the Government said health can be a material concern. But in the next paragraph it said: "However, it is the Government's firm view that the planning system is not the place for determining health safeguards."

Mrs Oldham added that many councils were so worried about wasting money on appeals made by phone companies against planning refusals that they simply gave in. "They feel that the threat of being taken to court, although more expensive, is less likely than that of going to appeal and losing," she said.

Despite the threat of legal action, a spokesman for Barnet Council said it had not changed its policy on smaller masts. "Phone masts under 15 metres traditionally can only be opposed on appearance and siting grounds," he said.

Last month, a study by Dutch scientists claimed third generation mobile phone emissions did affect well-being, causing headaches and nausea. Mobile phone companies have claimed that the research is not credible until it has been independently corroborated.

10:47am Wednesday 29th October 2003 hp


Dail to probe health risks of mobiles

From:The Irish Independent

Monday, 3rd November, 2003

THE health risks of mobile phone headsets are to be examined in a major investigation to be carried out by the Dail's Communications Committee.

The Irish Independent has learned the committee agreed to begin a study into the safety of mobile phones in terms of radiation and damage to the brain. The inquiry, which will start in the new year, will draw on international studies.

In this state, up to 70pc of the population now use mobile phones.

In Britain, health chiefs are involved in ongoing research and found that using mobiles does affect brain activity and that there are significant gaps in our scientific knowledge of the risks. They warn of the dangers to young people in particular since the head and nervous system are still developing into the teenage years. Britain's health ministry experts recommended that in line with a precautionary approach, the widespread use of mobile phones by children - under the age of 16 - should be discouraged for non-essential calls.

Mr O'Flynn said recent research in Finland suggested radiation from mobile phones causes changes in the brain and concluded that even low level emissions from handsets are damaging. He said: "Swedish scientists found that mobile phones damage key brain cells and could trigger Alzheimer's Disease while the World Health Organisation last year warned parents against letting their children spend too much time on mobile phones because tests showed higher electromagnetic waves in places where mobiles are frequently used." Mr O'Flynn added that he believed that this information was strong enough to merit more research. "As a committee we intend to invite cancer and radiation specialists to appear before us as well as Department of Health officials and experts in the field of mobile phone technology," Mr O'Flynn said.

Kathy Donaghy

Informant: Reinhard Rueckemann


Universal jurisdiction

Universal Jurisdiction - the duty of states to enact and enforce legislation

Informant: chairman FFI INT


P&G, Wal-Mart did secret test of RFID

Chicago Sun-Times

"Shoppers in a suburban Tulsa, Okla., Wal-Mart were unwitting guinea pigs earlier this year in a secret study that two of America's largest corporations never expected you'd know about. In the study, uncovered by the Chicago Sun-Times, shelves in a Wal-Mart in Broken Arrow, Okla., were equipped with hidden electronics to track the Max Factor Lipfinity lipstick containers stacked on them. The shelves and Webcam images were viewed 750 miles away by Procter & Gamble researchers in Cincinnati who could tell when lipsticks were removed from the shelves and could even watch consumers in action." [This article is included as a boxed "sidebar" to the main article on the page] (11/10/03)


HAARP To Quadruple Its Power

From The ARRL Letter, Vol 22, No 43 on October 31, 2003

Technical Specialist Richard Lampe, KL1DA, represented the League at the 2003 High Frequency Active Auroral Research Project (HAARP) RFI meeting September 24 at the HAARP site near Gakona, Alaska.

Under terms of its experimental license, HAARP must transmit on a non-interference basis, and Lampe--who is ARRL liaison to HAARP--says the staff at the control center immediately shut down the transmitters when harmonics were detected on 75/80 meters during experiments last year. "Alaska hams monitor the bands and aid HAARP engineers by reporting RFI issues as soon as they happen," Lampe said.



Michel Chossudovsky on H.A.A.R.P.


U.S. patent 6,506,148

Physiological effects have been observed in a human subject in response to stimulation of the skin with weak electromagnetic fields that are pulsed with certain frequencies near1/2 Hz or 2.4 Hz, such as to excite a sensory resonance. Many computer monitors and TV tubes, when displaying pulsed images, emit pulsed electromagnetic fields of sufficient amplitudes to cause such excitation. It is therefore possible to manipulate the nervous system of a subject by pulsing images displayed on a nearby computer monitor or TV set.     

Omega: see also


The Dawn of the E-Bomb

The cover story of the November IEEE Spectrum magazine covers the technology behind microwave weapons, in both the ultra-wideband and narrowband formats. The most comprehensive and least BS story I've seen so far. Scary stuff.

Loring Wirbel



Shell in the Hot Seat

The Canadian Rockies' Castle wilderness lies on a crucial migration route for large mammals such as wolves and bears, as well as for roughly 60 bird species. If Shell really believed that "the natural beauty of the area should be preserved for generations to come," as its letter states, it would halt all new drilling there. Now that Shell is paying attention, it's time to turn up the pressure!

Urge Shell to cease drilling in the Castle wilderness.

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